Mike Colter brings pain as the indestructible Luke Cage
Atlanta — “Black Panther” broke box office records, but “Luke Cage” once crashed Netflix.
The streaming service suffered a massive outage for more than two hours in 2016, one day after the premiere of “Luke Cage,” a drama-action series starring Mike Colter, who plays the show’s superhero with indestructible and bulletproof skin.
Heading into its first season in 2016, the show was highly anticipated as the only television series with a black superhero as the lead character at the time.
With season two of “Luke Cage” premiering Friday on Netflix, Colter hopes the series can keep the momentum going. Especially after the success of other black-leading superhero characters, like CW’s “Black Lightning” and the film “Black Panther,” which had a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters and nearly $700 million overall this year.
“Luke Cage” received high marks from most reviewers for the show’s politically and socially conscious story angles, strong writing and Colter’s performance. The deep-voiced actor said society — not only in the African-American community — was ready to see a black superhero as a lead character.
Colter said he spoke with many people across the world telling him they related to Cage’s character. The original character first appeared in comic books in 1972.
“For people of color, it inspires them to believe they can be a superhero in their own way, too,” said the 6-foot-3 Colter, who bulked up 30 pounds for the role.
“There’s a certain portion of the population that needs to see someone that represents them,” he added. “Sometimes that’s not just physically. It’s a point of view. I get a lot of fans who are white, Asian, Brazilian. They relate to the character because of their approach to the world. Ultimately, they feel like this guy is blue collared and he is striving to do something with his life with all his limitations financially. He’s not feeling sorry for himself ...”
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